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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1498   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, Pasteurised.
This dark golden coloured ale hugs the palate with great intensity. Its malty aroma is complemented by the gentle nose of Banana. Its flavour unfolds with a sensual sparkle and a smart crispness, which balances its aroma perfectly. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.
2005 Recipe changed from 5.5% to 5.2%

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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 17, 2007
Bottle - Medium head, small but static head. What an aroma, real banana, not synthetic though, smells like over ripe bananas with a floral bouquet. Initial taste is that of banana however that soon fades and the hop malt flavour shines through with a sweet, long finish. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2530) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle, $3.99 at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Pours light amber with an inch of white head. Smells just like banana bread. Flavor is banana bread... wow, they nailed what they were going for. Spices & bananas just in a liquid form. Nice.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
copper beer. banana aroma. banana taste. light carbonation. not my thing. shouldve had a bells.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
lets see, aroma of banana, after-taste of banana, not real carbonation throughout but a good head, dark hue, sweet, would try again

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
snargles (23) - wouldntyouliketoknow, Maine, USA - NOV 7, 2007
The best banana beer ive tried,not that im into that sort of thing,not that theres anything wrong with that..it just...get a bottle,try it but take it easy with it and sandwich it in with other full-flavor ales.the banana taste is actually a lot lighter than you would expect after a sniff,,,but tis still strong,it still blows away 90% of fruit eavy lambics

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Capa (2956) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Lucked into this one during a slow night at The Aldgate when the owner pulled it out and let the few of us there have a bit. Reddish orange with a small head. Aroma is sugary banana, some malts. Medium, smooth body. If youve ever had the banana flavored Runts candy then you know what this beer tastes like. Slightly bitter, sugary finish. Interesting to say the least but there is no way I could down a whole one of these.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Drjohnrock (748) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2007
The bottle from Kellers IGA says it contains "1 Pint, 3.25 fl. Oz." Sweet banana-like aroma, clear amber color, minimal head that diminished rapidly, thin body, light bitter/sour flavor seemed to hide behind the carbonation, slight banana flavor most apparent in the finish/aftertaste. Not unpleasant but nothing to write home about.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Funknmilla (740) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Orange/peachy color, small foam action...tan color...actually smells like na-na bread, with a nice yeast mingled in ...on a further sniff, the na-nas smell very artificial, and have an almost dehydrated quality...nice lacing forming...body is thin has a slight bitter aftertaste, but lots of bananas...tasty, yet finish is weak...watery...higher overall for originality

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2007
pours dark gold,thin white head,malty nutty nose with banana hints.malty taset very light banana flavor,light carbionation.no bitterness.ok beer nothing great.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle purchased at the Wet Grocer in Gunnison, CO. Pours clear amber with an average, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, meal), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of banana. Light bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.


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